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11 December 2018

Students are Literary Luvvies for Reading Week

Students at The Kings of Wessex Academy turned literacy luvvies last week for the first ever Reading Week at The Academy. As part of lessons and enrichment time, all staff promoted the joy of reading and literacy throughout the week. As the reading heart of the school, the Learning Resource Centre had festive reads on offer and students could also borrow books by the new Author of the Month Charlie Higson, famous for his popular ‘Enemy’ and 'Young Bond' series. Students had opportunity to use their reading skills in many different ways – including reading exam questions (always useful in a school!), skimming and scanning skills, reading and decoding images, research and media stories – to check for validity / fake news / plagiarism and examining the use of language to read and compare different styles of language (both informal and formal). The joy of reading for pleasure was also celebrated, as well as everyday reading for life; for example, reading bills (!), legal documents, and form filling-in. The young readers were encouraged to take some time at home and during free time simply to drop everything and READ! Students also considered ‘reading...... more




10 December 2018

Creative for Christmas at Kings

Year 9 Art and Textiles students at The Kings of Wessex Academy got creative for Christmas when they entered the annual Christmas Card Design competition to be used as Executive Headteacher Mr Ball’s school card. There was an impressive range of entries on the theme of kings, exploring a range of media; including the use of tissue paper and paint, stitching and pencil and crayon and even wrapping paper. All the students are to be congratulated and for particular mention, the Art Department were very impressed with Maisy Loader’s Art and Textiles entries, both of which are stunning designs! Other highly commended students for their skilful artwork and creativity are Gracie Adams, Tilly Boley, Ella Brooks, Kate Darley, Lucy Davis, Poppy McGibbon, Melissa Neil, Thivjaa Sureshkumar, Beth Williams and Charlotte Winby. Mr Ball met with the Art Department to select the winning design and given the high standard of designs this year they chose three – fittingly like the three wise men! Congratulations and well done to Katherine Evans, Zoe Taylor and Teagan Waymouth who artwork caught the eye of the judges and it is their cards that are now being used as the official...... more




07 December 2018

The Exciting World of Physics at A Level Science Live!

A Level Science Live is not an opportunity that any A Level Physicist can easily pass up as it is a good chance to see some great modern scientists talk about their area of expertise in the fast paced and rapidly changing world of modern Physics. Physicists from The Kings of Wessex Academy seized this opportunity last month when they travelled to Birmingham to the Bramall Hall for the day. First up was Dr Helen Czerski with her talk on From Bubbles to Oceans: the big wide World of Fluid Dynamics. Her area of expertise is oceanography, and she has only recently returned from the Artic on an expedition to monitor mysterious bubbles that appear beneath the ice sheets. Next, Dr Suzie Sheehy talked about the secret life of particle accelerators and their application in modern day science. There are roughly 35,000 particle accelerators that exist across the planet used for research and revolutionary discoveries in the world of medicine, all derived from the exacting science of smashing particles together very fast. The next talk was from Prof Frank Close with ‘An introduction to Nuclear Physics.’ He went over the history of nuclear physics and how it has changed the...... more




04 December 2018

Students Bring Back Memories of Beautiful Barcelona

Years 10, 11 and 13 Art, Photography and Textiles students enjoyed the opportunity to visit the open-air art gallery Barcelona on an Expressive Arts Faculty trip last month. After an early flight they were soon walking the streets of Barcelona in late autumn sunshine on a tour of the Gothic quarters and sampling juices in the Boqueria Market – the most famous market in the city since 1836. The next few days were action-packed as the group hopped on and off the metro to visit Parc Guell, Casa Milà (popularly known as La Pedrera or "The stone quarry"), The Picasso Museum and the celebrated, yet never quite finished Roman Catholic church, designed by Catalan architect Gaudí, the Sagrada Familia, which was a particular highlight. At every possible location, students were busy documenting their experience with photos and sketches to inspire their own artwork. Taking a break from the city they left Barcelona to visit Girona for a walking tour and travelled on to Figueres to visit the Dali Museum where students were truly amazed and fascinated by the surreal installations, paintings and sculptures and found the House of Dali to be a fun and eye-opening place to...... more




03 December 2018

The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school

"...since the last inspection” - Ofsted<> The Kings of Wessex Academy was, once again, judged to be Good and safeguarding to be effective following the short inspection by Her Majesty’s Inspector on Tuesday 13 November 2018. This was the first short inspection carried out since the school was judged to be Good in March 2015 and follows the two-day inspection in October 2017 looking at the effectiveness of safeguarding arrangements. The focus of this inspection was on the pastoral system, the contribution of Subject Leaders to improving teaching and achievement and how leaders are working to raise achievement in the Sixth Form. During the inspection the Inspectors met with Executive Headteacher Mr Gavin Ball and the Senior Leadership Team, students and staff, Subject Leaders, Heads of House, Governors, and other community partners. They also visited lessons, went to church for the Camelot House Remembrance Service, reviewed data and policies and practice, and considered feedback from parent and staff questionnaires. The Inspectors acknowledged the work of Mr Ball and the leadership team “to deliver a shared vision for care and inclusion,...... more